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The Arabic Hermes: From Pagan Sage to Prophet of Science

Kevin Van Bladel


Before the more famous Renaissance European reception of the ancient Greek Hermetica, the Arabic tradition about Hermes and the works under his name had been developing and flourishing for 700 years. The legendary Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus was renowned in Roman antiquity as an ancient sage whose teachings were represented in books of philosophy and occult science. The works in his name, written in Greek by Egyptians living under Roman rule, subsequently circulated in many languages and regions of the Roman and Sasanian Persian empires. After the rise of Arabic as a prestigious language of s ... More

Keywords: late antiquity, Egypt, Hermes Trismegistus, Hermetica, Arabic, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195376135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Van Bladel, author
University of Southern California

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